Three dogs died in a house fire Thursday afternoon in North Knox County.
They’re being remembered by the homeowners in a way the family says they never would’ve expected. First responders buried the three dogs named Morty, Tibs and Otis.
“I’m just amazed by their kindness and compassion,” said Denise Davis, the homeowner.
Rural/Metro received a report of a fire on Hannah Brook Road off E. Beaver Creek just after 5 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they found fire and smoke coming from the front corner of the house.
It turned out to be a small fire in an upstairs bedroom. No one was home at the time, but Davis returned soon thereafter.
“If it had happened during the night, our daughter, she would be gone,” said Davis.
Davis, walking through the upstairs of her home on Friday, says she is grateful to first responders. They kept the fire from spreading to other parts of the house.
“We are just so amazed at the first responders, from the police officers to firefighters. They were amazing. I can’t say enough good about them. I don’t feel like they get enough credit,” said Davis.
Davis says she was grateful for the first responders who buried the family’s dogs, calling them part of the family.
“They dug the graves for them and put them in there for us. Then they marked so we would remember where each one was,” said Davis.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.